Keio Plaza Hotel Hinamatsuri 2017: Beautiful Japanese Dolls

Hinamatsuri 2017 was good. Do you know the event? Doll’s Day is another name for it. Japan celebrates it on March 3. Families pray for their daughter’s health, prosperity, and happiness. For the event, families display a set of traditional Hina dolls. It’s a great cultural tradition. Photographers love it too.

As I’d never taken pictures of this event, I thought it might be a good idea to do so. But, one particular day, I had a job interview, which limited my time. I was in a quandary. Where could I go with the time I had? As I was near Shinjuku, the Keio Plaza Hotel was the first place that popped into my mind. I had heard it put on a great display.

After the interview, I went to the Keio Plaza Hotel. And lucky for me, I found thousands of Hinamatsuri dolls in the lobby. It was a complete set. There were the Emperor and Empress, their musicians, and the court. Around them was an enormous frame with thousands of dolls suspended from strings. It was like a kaleidoscope of colors.

There weren’t the only characters from the Emperor’s court. Some were from the Chinese Zodiac and a few Japanese fairy tales. If you are interested in Girl’s Day dolls or dolls in general, you need to see them.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to see everything at the hotel for Hinamatsuri 2017. Apparently, there were smaller displays in different areas. Guests at the hotel surely enjoyed walking through the lobby. Leave your questions and comments below.

Hinamatsuri 2017 photo camera gear:

Camera body: Pentax K-3

Lens: SMC DA 18 – 135 mm f/3.5 – 5.6 ED AL (If) DC WR

What are Hina dolls?

You can read about them in detail on the Kyoto National Museum website. Shigeki Kawakami from the Department of Applied Arts has written a splendid article.

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